MPs’ trips ridiculed as junkets on the rise again


Taxpayers saved money on travel during the pandemic as Congress slashed foreign spending, but those trips are quickly coming back.

In recent days, senators and congressmen have left for several stops in Germany, India, the United Arab Emirates and Africa.

First-class commercial airfare and accommodations for official travel of Congressional representatives and their staff are covered by the Treasury on a virtually unlimited basis. These bills reached approximately $1.3 million in fiscal 2021, but returned to approximately $15 million last year.

This does not take into account the hundreds of trips the military provides transportation for. The cost of using military aircraft is never disclosed.

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